Easy 4th of July and Summer Cocktails

Looking for a refreshing cocktail to serve to your guests this 4th of July? Maggie Day, Bartender at Ocean Prime Indianapolis, shows us the recipes for THREE!

Cocktail: Watermelon Elyx
Prep Glass: Mixing Glass        Service Glass: Coupe
Garnish: 3 Small Watermelon Balls on Prism Pick
1 ½ oz. Absolut Elyx
½ oz. Uncle Val’s Gin
1 oz. Basil Simple Syrup
½ oz. Watermelon Purée
½ oz. Fresh-squeezed Lime Juice
5-6 Dashes Hella Ginger Bitters

Preparation Procedures:
1) Combine all ingredients in mixing glass.

2) Add ice to mixing tin.

3) Shake vigorously to chill.

4) Strain half of the cocktail into service glass and half into glass carafe.

5) Place glass carafe atop crushed ice in copper vessel.

Basil Simple Syrup Recipe

1 ½ C. Basil Leaves
1 Q Water
1 Q Sugar

Preparation Procedures:
1) Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan.

2) Over medium heat, bring to a boil.

3) Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.

4) Strain mixture through chinois.

5) Label and date.

Watermelon Purée

Preparation Procedures:
1) Remove garnishes from watermelon.

2) Place remainder of melon in blender.

3) Blend thoroughly.

4) Strain through chinois.

5) Label and date.


Hella Ginger Bitters-Southern

Garnish Tool- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00004OCM4/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apis_1497404112657

Name: Cucumber Gimlet

Prep Glass: Tim

Garnish: Serpentine Cucumber slice


1 2/2 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin

1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

1 oz. Simple Syrup

4 to 5 slices of cucumber


  1. Fill service glass with ice
  2. Add cucumber, fresh lime, simple syrup to tin.
  3. Muddle with 3 ice cubes until cucumber is dissolved.
  4. Add Ice to shaker to fill halfway ‘
  5. Shake gently and strain into iced service glass.

Tequila Cocktail


1 ½ oz. CORZO Silver

1 oz. Infused Agave Nectar

1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

½ oz. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice


  1. Pour all ingredients into mixing tin
  2. Fill mixing tin with ice
  3. Shake well
  4. Strain into Highball glass that has spiced salt on the rim and is filled with ice
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge

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